Newlyweds during a winter elopement at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Photography

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Wedding Photos

There are some people or couples that I meet as a photographer that remind me of how lucky I am to have this job. Christine and Nick are one of these couples.

They traveled from out of town to get eloped in Rocky Mountain National Park in December. Their plans changed a bit during their trip to Colorado, but we still headed into the park for wedding couple portraits.

Clearly, this is one adventurous couple, braving the wind and cold to get wedding portraits in one of the most beautiful spots in our country. You just had to laugh at the wind! We spent time photographing at Bear Lake, and then headed into a meadow to get more open mountain views.

In addition to being adventurous, the couple is gorgeous. Which means I had even more of a wonderful time photographing them. I especially like the images of them walking through the meadow at dusk. (By the way, the meadow was a little calmer/warmer than the lake, says the photographer who was wearing many warm layers!)

After photographing and chatting with Christine and Nick for a couple hours, we were treated to the most spectacular sunset as we headed back to Estes Park…another reminder of how blessed I am!

A big thank you to the couple. I so enjoyed our time together, and wish you all the good things.


All images © Susannah Allen 2017

Thoughts on Elopements

I am very interested in photographing more small weddings or elopements, especially in scenic places like Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are getting eloped or hosting an intimate wedding ceremony and you like the work you see on this website, please reach out to me. I would love learn about your plans and photograph your special day.

For this event, I did have to procure a photography permit from Rocky Mountain National Park. You can read about their wedding rules on here on their website. Photographers just photographing couples of families need a special Commercial Use Authorization, and information on that can be found here on the park’s website.

To view wedding photography from other small weddings/elopements, check out these wedding blog posts.

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I've been photographing families professionally since 2006. I am a wife, mama to 2 boys, companion to 2 cats who are named after members of the royal British family, a former preschool teacher. I love running, hiking 14ers, sparkly clothes, the band Phish, river float trips, St. John USVI, farm CSAs, and Colorado blue skies.